Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded the boat (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016 Sockdolager found new owners, and we are now enjoying Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. Plans are to head north. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reminds me of a river


Jim here. As I sit in the cockpit and look to the left and I see a sandstone rock wall and as I look to the right I see another one, covered with cactus. Behind the boat is a big white sand beach. In the distance I hear a canyon wren with its distinctive twitter. It make me think I'm on a river trip on the Green, or the Yampa or the Colorado rivers in Utah, Colorado or Arizona. Then a big manta ray jumps out of the water in front of the boat and the illusion disappears. But all of the good memories of those many river trips with great friends remain.
We are out at what are locally referred to as "the islands". They stretch for about 100 miles north of La Paz in the southern part of the Sea of Cortez. The sea life is rich - very much enjoyed with a mask and snorkel (and a wet suit). But the fish are not going out of their way to jump on my hook, however, I did catch a Leopard Grouper yesterday that made a nice dinner for three. The cactus are huge and abundant. The weather is dry and mostly sunny with light shows almost every sunrise and sunset.


We will be out for about three more weeks before going back to La Paz to experience Carnival and get ready for heading across the Pacific to French Polynesia. Time is flying and we are already regretting not being able to see more of Mexico. But you can't see everything so on we will go!
This update sent via our high frequency radio.

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